Rushing For 200 Yards And Still Losing The Game


A 200 yard rushing performance is an amazing accomplishment. One that most running backs cannot say they were able to pull off during their career. How many though have ever rushed for more than 200 yards and then had their team lose in the process?

Since 1960 there have been seven players to rush for more than 200 yards in a game in which their team lost. Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson did it twice… in the same season.

1970 – John Fuqua – Pittsburgh Steelers
Fuqua rushed 20 times for 218 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Steelers lost 30-20 to the Philadelphia Eagles.

1976 – O.J. Simpson – Buffalo Bills
O.J. Simpson holds the record for the most rushing yards in a loss when he carried the ball 29 times for 273 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-14 loss to the Detroit Lions.

1976 – O.J. Simpson – Buffalo Bills
Simpson becomes the first, and so far only player to do this twice when just two weeks later he carries the ball 24 times for 203 yards and one touchdown as the Bills lose to the Miami Dolphins by the score of 45-27.

1986 – Rueben Mayes – New Orleans Saints
Rueben Mayes joins the club when he carries the ball 28 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-27 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

1989 – Gerald Riggs – Washington Redskins
Gerald Riggs ran the ball 29 times for 221 yards and one touchdown as the Redskins lost to the Eagles 42-37.

2002 – Ricky Williams – Miami Dolphins
Ricky Williams carried the ball 27 times for 228 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

2009 – Thomas Jones – New York Jets
Thomas Jones ran the ball 22 times for 210 yards and one touchdown in a 16-13 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Notable info:

-Only seven times since 1960 has a team had a player rush for more than 200 yards and also lose the game. The Buffalo Bills were involved in four of those games, twice as the winner and twice as the loser.

-O.J. Simpson is the only member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to ever rush for more than 200 yards in a game and be on the losing end of the contest.

-John Fuqua of the Steelers was the first player to ever pull this “feat” off. When he did so, he averaged an amazing 10.9 yards per carry.

-The game in which Simpson set the record with 273 rushing yards in a loss was played on a Thursday, every other time this has happened it was during a Sunday game.

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